"I saw that my greatest need was not to be well regarded, or the best rugby player, but to know the God who created me"
By Doug Hampshire, 11 Oct 2016
Until my late teens, I thought being a Christian was for the weirder, quieter people at school and certainly not for me – especially as it’s what my parents ‘did’.
I was a teenager who thought he was right, and the possibility I wasn’t in charge wasn’t something I wished to consider. I spent the first 17 years of my life aware of what other people thought about God, but wanting very little to do with Him.
In my Sixth Form though, I started to notice Christians around me who were – in my eyes – still quite ‘cool’. This challenged head-on the most basic reason I’d ignored Jesus for so many years, and I felt compelled to look at the evidence for Jesus for myself.
The conclusion I reached wasn’t what I originally imagined.
The evidence suggested Jesus did exist, die and rise from the dead, and that left me with a serious decision to make.
In the face of Jesus’ death on the cross – through which I could have access to the creator of the universe – my rebellion now seemed futile. It was leading only to death. By God’s kindness I saw that my greatest need was not to be well regarded, or the best rugby player, but to know the God who created me. It was then that I began to follow Jesus.
Today, living life with God as King means that I’m free to live life as it was meant to be lived… something I never understood before!
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